The Youth Violence Project has engaged in a series of bullying studies over the past 15 years. Many of these studies are described on our Bullying Research page. 

1.     We help conduct a statewide survey of Virginia secondary schools as part of the Virginia School Safety Audit program. This work is undertaken in partnership with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services and Department of Education. In 2007 the survey focused on 9th grade students and teachers in approximately 300 Virginia high schools. This work is reported in the Virginia High School Safety Study. In 2011 the project expanded to become the Virginia Secondary School Climate Study, which includes surveys of students and teachers in grades 7-12.

2.     We assisted the Albemarle/Charlottesville Safe Schools/Healthy Students Project in their annual school climate and bullying surveys. We helped them track progress in reducing bullying and reducing school climate each year at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. See the tabs for more information for each of these grade levels. Some of the substantive questions we addressed in this project were:

  • Can we improve school bullying prevention efforts through the use of peer reports of bully victims? See our video on Youtube to learn more and review a recent conference presentation.
  • How is school climate related to bullying behavior and involvement in high risk behavior such as fighting and substance use?
  • How can longitudinal data inform us about the course of bullying and victimization through middle school?
  • How can we improve the accuracy of school climate and bullying surveys through validity screening?

3.     Over the course of all of these projects, we have continued to refine and develop the School Climate Bullying Survey which is available to schools and researchers. Note that we have renamed this survey the Authoritative School Climate Survey because of its conceptual grounding in authoritative school climate theory.